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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Volume 3 of the "British Transport Films" series is also a must for any railway buff. I received my set yesterday and only had time to watch "Fully Fitted Freight" last night. This film alone made the purchase worthwhile for me! The way the film captures the "busy-ness" of Britain's railways at the time and the general optimism of life in Britain in the 1950s is just amazing! A refreshing change from life today! And "Terminus" (a day in the life of Waterloo Station) which I have seen before is just wonderful!

Picture quality was good considering the age of the source material. There is the occasional bit of fluff/film dirt etc, but it's pretty unobtrusive and the overall sharpness and cleanness of the picture is good - in fact very good. Sound quality does vary a bit, but it's as good as you'll get from the source and isn't really bad at the worst of times; but there is the odd bit of audio distortion which was quite common in films from that era and earlier.

One film I was pleased to see in this collection is "The Third Sam" narrated by Stanley Holloway which I saw for the first time at the 2004 York Railfest.

Having purchased the first two volumes in this series, I can be pretty certain this volume won't disappoint those who are undecided on buying it.

Sadly, this volume (like the other two) doesn't contain my all-time favourite of these railway films namely "Night Mail" but I guess that one will come with (I hope) a future release in the series.

Recommended!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2011
The third release by BFI in the British Transport Films (BTF) collection concentrates on the mechanics of operating stations, rail maintenance, running goods trains, train driving and passengers. The films include:

Operation London Bridge about the rationalisation and reorganisation of the tracks around London Bridge station around 1972.

Wires Over the Border is the subject of the extension of the West Coast mainline electrification to Glasgow in the ealy 1970s. (Colour)

Groundwork for Progress on British Railways civil engineering department in the late 1950s (Black & White)

Making Tracks covers a Sunday track replacement operation in mid 1950s (Black & White)

E for Experimental is about the Advanced Passenger Train (APT-E)that pioneered tilting train technolgy to allow 155 mph running. The APT was eventually cancelled without ever been put into service. (Colour)

Modelling for the Future shows a scale model of the channnel tunnel terminus as envisaged in 1961 nearly 30 years before it actually opened. (Colour)

Britannia - A Bridge describes the reconstruction of the Stephenson rail bridge across the Menai Strait to Anglesey after the 1970 fire. (Colour)

Terminus - Shows one day at Waterloo Station with passengers and behind the scenes. Directed by John Schlesinger. (1961 Black & White)

Fully Fitted Freight - Follows the creation, route and end point of a long distance goods train. All wagons are fitted with vacuum brakes to enable high speed running. (Black & White)

Farmer Moving South - A whole farm including cattle, pigs and poultry, transfers by rail from Yorkshire to Sussex (1952 Black & White)

I am a Litter Basket - Short amusing film designed to encourage the use of station litter baskets in an age before they were (nearly) all removed. (1959 Black & White)

The Third Sam - Sam, a newly trained electric loco driver has a inexplicable emergency train stop. The first side of his personality doesn't care and does nothing. The second Sam panics hilariously. The third Sam calmly investigates and cures the problem. Stanley Holloway narrates. (1962 Black & White)

People Like Us - Customer service at a big station. Uses footage from Terminus.

A Future on the Rail - Recruitment film. Short but interesting. (late 1950s Black & White)

Generally a fascinating variety of tasks are shown with a good balance between early (1950s) and late (1970s) items. The best items are Operation London Bridge, Groundwork for Progress, E for Experimental, Terminus, Fully Fitted Freight, Farmer Moving South and I am a Litter basket but the others have their interest for railway history enthusiasts.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2006
...but for the benefit of Green Knight, the film 'Night Mail' is available on the DVD entitled 'Night Mail/West Highland'. It's unlikely to be relesed in this series since it was made by the Post Office film unit, not British Transport. I'd welcome a release of short Post Office films, though, especially Len Lye's fantastic animations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2013
An excellent collection thoughtfully restored. If you are interested in period documentaries this is for you. Nicely presented and packaged too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2012
I have been told by the person I bought this for who lives,eats & dreams Steam Railways, enjoyed it. So ot must be good, rhat is all I can say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2013
My first of two purchases, both excellent quality DVDs. Recommended seller! Will definitely end up buying all of the BTF titles at this price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2014
GOOD TO SEE THESE FILMS HAVE BEEN RETAINED AND ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW AGAIN. A VALUABLE INSIGHT INTO THE WAY WE WERE
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on 21 May 2015
Excellent films. Remember seeing them when I started on the Railway.
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on 16 December 2014
Great product, excellent delivery. Thanks
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on 28 September 2014
Very pleased with my purchase, thank you.
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